I just found him frightening, says Kevin Pietersen on Mohammad Asif’s bowling
He also lauded the bowler for his skills to hit the same channel every now and then.
Updated - Jan 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Pakistan is a country known to unfurl some of the best bowlers in world cricket. At the moment, the likes of Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali among many are making the ball talk with their performances at the international level. Like them, Mohammad Asif was another bowler who used to swing the ball a long way and troubled many batsmen. One of them was the former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen who admitted that facing Asif was frightening for him.
Asif, like Amir, was one of the major culprits in the spot-fixing in England back in 2010 and was banned for a significant period of time. While Amir got the second chance to revive his career, the same hasn’t been the case with Asif. He is playing domestic cricket with the same hope and is still swinging the ball the same way he used to do a few years ago.
He troubled me a lot
Kevin Pietersen recently recalled the way Mohammad Asif used to wreak havoc especially with the red cherry in Tests and how the fast bowler troubled him. Pietersen lauded the way the discarded cricketer used to hit the same channel consistently and get the batsmen out while also admitting that facing him was the difficult task.
“Asif was a bowler who troubled me. He just seemed to hit the rope consistently and by that I mean, hitting the seam. I just found him frightening,” the 38-year-old was quoted as saying by Pak Passion. Already 36-year-old, Mohammad Asif is unlikely to make a comeback to the international arena now.
He has picked 106 wickets only in 23 Test matches at an impeccable average of 24.37 and has seven five-wicket hauls to go with a solitary 10-wicket haul in the match to his name. He was a threatening bowler in the ODIs and T20Is and accounted for 59 scalps combined in both the formats in 49 matches.